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The Wine World had better get ready.  This weekend (October 24-26, 2008) a gathering of assorted wine lovers, wineries, wine tech companies and wine bloggers all gathered in honor of Wine Bloggers.  No, it wasn’t an awards show, but we enjoyed plenty of celebrating and acknowledgments all the way around.  The collective influence of this assortment of wine bloggers is something to be reckoned with .  Forget those last generation men from the days of the Paris Tasting.  Meet the Wine Bloggers.  They are some mix of: independent, quirky, brilliant, humorous, hilarious, friendly, international, dedicated, decent, sharp, passionate, energetic, writing, winos.  And they will not be tamed.

Consider them alpha-wine consumers.  They know most of what there is to know before the main-stream picks it up when it comes to wine.  They also relay that news back out to their readers and fellow wine bloggers.  It is a network with their collective ear to the ground.  And since many of them do this because they love it, aka, not paid to write about their wine love, they will say exactly what they think, uncensored, uninhibited.  Wine bloggers will also work to back up their assertions and news with facts and supporting materials.  Rest assured, ethics and credibility is in the forefront of their minds.

Additionally, they have gathered and connected.  Maybe not organized, but that may not be necessary.  As part of an online community, their collective influence must not be underestimated.  And wine bloggers are just getting started.  I’ve said it before, and I will say it again:  the consumer has much to gain from this online community.  A free resource for consumers to navigate the myriad ways, web sites, stores and wineries selling wine and wine gadgets!  See the list to the right to find the right set of Wine Blogs for your personal tastes.  And subscribe.

The wine world is just coming to grips with it’s technological transformation and what the www will mean in wine sales to the consumer.   Though wine clubs are not new, the way people will interact with them and connect with wineries, winemakers, and the variety of brands out there is still being imagined and pursued by start ups world wide.  Imagine a wine club akin to Netflix.  Voila, WineQ.    And discover Cruvee, the social site for wine lovers that recommends wine based on your preferences.  The wineries that have the foresight to invest time, $ and relationships will have a tremendous foothold in the online wine culture.  There is a wide open field for participation that adds value.  Leaders, step up.

Photos, Courtesy of my new WBC Wine Blogger Friend: www.dirtysouthwine.com, Hardy Wallace)

Cartoon courtesy of Google Images


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From the Wine Blogger’s Conference in Santa Rosa, CA, I think any one of us can say that we’ve just made 175 new friends and associates.  We have come together courtesy of Joel Vincent and fellow organizers to talk about the state of wine blogging, but that may not be the most interesting aspect of what’s happening.  At least for the purposes of this post.  Here are nearly 200 people, from far flung states across the US, and possibly beyond.  I’d bet there isn’t even 3 degrees of separation among the crowd.  And social media, blogging, twitter, linked in, facebook, etc, have done that.

Not only are we brought together via these tech tools, but time and space have already been folded up to almost nothing.  The connections we’ve made in the recent past online, even before meeting each other in person, have dissolved a majority of the preliminary “getting to know you” dance.  I think that’s good.  At least in most cases.  So now these connections are converting into friends, allies, colleagues, and partners with tremendous potential for both business and personal relationships.  There’s something about the like-mindedness that in this case brings the tech/wine lovers together and springboards us toward our goals in giant leaps.

Bottom line:  Social Media has cleared a path and shortened it as well as energized, cultivated and inspired a subset of techie/wine lovers to contribute to their part of the world.  And again I say that everyone benefits;  the wine industry, bloggers, the online community, wine consumers, and as far as we can possibly reach.  Fascinating what passion and focus can do together.

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A sample of the speed dating format for wine tasting frenzy.  Here with Jeff Stai for Twisted Oak WInery.

Super Yummy, the Spaniard.

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Folding time and space, making connections, defining what a wine blogger is, what we are not, and what it means to the wine business:  That’s why we’re all here.  Joel Vincent kick’s off the Conference today with those thoughts.  It is an exciting time for the wine blogging world, the wine drinking world and the wine business world.

Un-like any conference you’ve ever seen before, think of it kind of like a speed dating session between wineries and bloggers.  Yeah, kinda crazy, but really a blast!  We now have 5 minutes to taste the wine and live blog about it.  I may have to go to twitter next, as this format likely will better serve for summaries at the end of they day (yes, I’ll be spitting as I taste!).

Rest assured, there is LOADS of wine love coming from the Santa Rosa, first ever Wine Bloggers Conference at the Flamingo Hilton Hotel.

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A Kiss on 12seconds.tv

I’ll “study” this deal more closely over the next week or so and report back to you…but 12Seconds is a share site where you can post 12 sec. video pieces to share…duh. But it is so supremely easy, fast and may I say a FABULOUS addition to Social Media. More Soon!

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California Wine: 30 Seconds of Wine 2.0 Live from New York City

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Wine 2.0 featuring Gary Vaynerchuk at Webster Hall in the Village marked the East Coast’s debut of the convergence of Wine & technology. What a fortuitous blend. Techno-philes’ brilliance met the savvy social skills of the wine set and discoveries abounded.

The fabulous old theatre hall hosted 40+ HD screens featuring wine video content from previous Wine 2.0 events, Hahn Estates Winery (that’s us!) & others. Sponsors also hosted wine related web sites including the Twitter Taste Live…an online texting community. You have to see it to believe it. It is very cool.

Here’s what it looked like:

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